Migration Paths - Neurological Responses to Migration

Migration Streams - Second-Generation Neurological Responses to Migration

By Stephanie Ando

impactmania/ AD&A Museum Student (UCSB) 

The effect of migration on the human brain is a fascinating field that can never be fully explored. However, with Impactmania and Human Mind and Migration, I hope to add to the research through studying how the brains of second generation immigrants function. Growing up, I heard my father who is a second generation Japanese American compare his experiences to those of mine and my sisters. His life, like many other second generation Americans, shaped who he is and how he raises his children. I know his brain was forced to function as an adult’s much earlier than his peers as he was an active member of his family trying to make it in America. I aspire to provide representation for communities often overlooked by asking what happens to the brain of a second generation immigrant child? How do their childhoods differ from those who have multi-generational roots? What chemicals do they release and can the trauma be undone or alleviated later? Immigration is not simply a legal process that ends with notoriety and I would like to shed light on the familial burden it brings for generations through my research.

Glenn Ando: The Value of Different a Perspective

family photo album page with four pictures of a small child and his father Glenn Ando and his father, Satoshi, in Japan for the first time, circa 1969.

Glenn Ando is a second generation Japanese immigrant born and raised in the Bay Area, California. His father is a nisei, second generation Japanese American and his mother is an issei, first generation Japanese immigrant. 

Stephanie Ando, impactmania and AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) student, speaks with her father, Glenn, to learn about his experience growing up as a nisei-han, how children of immigrants perform different behaviors than their peers, and how it affects his parenting of his own children. 

Read the entire article here: Second-Generation Neurological Responses to Migration | Glenn Ando


Alina Kawai: Deconstructing Cultural Hybridity 

Painting with red background, large blue circle in center with a white circle on the rightランの花がする会話

Alina Kawai, A Conversation Between Orchids (2021) 

Acrylic on canvas

72 x 72 in. 


Alina Kawai graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa with a BFA, emphasizing in painting, and is a current MFA candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Stephanie Ando, impactmania and AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) student speaks with Alina Kawai to dive deeper into what it means to deconstruct cultural hybridity through art. 

Learn more about Alina Kawai’s art here: Second-Generation Neurological Responses to Migration |  Alina Kawai